The Vanoise Express was one of only a few projects that actually got built at a time when there were dozens of schemes, plans and proposals for connecting ski areas. Planning and environmental restrictions imposed in the 1980s and 1990s made it impossible to build (or substantially enlarge) new ski resorts in the Alps, so links and connections were seen as the only way to enhance and expand capacity, and to provide dramatic new marketing concepts in an increasingly competitive industry. The marketing effect of 'Paradiski' has been far greater than the actual usefulness of the Vanoise express link (which is generally under-used).
|St Bernard pass between France and Italy|
- La Rosiere - La Thuile (Italy), creating the Espace San Bernardo (1984)
- Valmorel - St Francois de Longchamp: 'La Grande Domaine' (1982)
- Valmorel - Celliers (2008)
- Tignes-Val d'Isere (1971, in roughly its present form), 'Espace Killy'
- The first skiable link between Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry was created in the 1980s
- Bourg St Maurice to Les Arcs, initially a cable car opened in 1974 and replaced by the Funiculaire in 1984.
However there were a number of ambitious schemes that never saw the light of day (although the ideas not necesarily abandoned):
- Champangy-en-Vanoise - Le Praz (via Bozel), to link La Plagne to Courchevel
- La Rosiere - St. Foye-la-Tarentaise
- Pralongon-en-Vanoise - Courchevel 1650
- Les Contamines - St Gervais/Megeve
- Morillion (Grand Massif) - Morzine
- Aime - La Roche (La Plagne)
|Summit of Dome de la Lauze, 3600m|